Originally published January 8th, 2005.
Navy showers and the steam cycle
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Gawd, the unreliability of water in the shower on a ship in the World’s Mightiest Nuclear Navy! Those who lived in my little cubbyhole on the ship learned to fill the tiny sink in the room before going to the shower. That way if the shower water shut off after you soaped up there was some water to use to get the soap off when you gave up waiting on the shower to return. Personally I thought it was someone’s stupid idea the first day someone left water in the sink but on day two that someone was brilliant. Wet, mad, and soapy was I.
The engineers told us the water was cut off so the planes could be washed. Corrosion and all that. Never dawned on us they can’t be washing all the planes all the time…
Something in the Army I never had to worry about (but then I always got to go back to the barracks). Now if Lex could explain how a nuclear sub makes o2 while months under water….
And I am thinking about this still – the Navy – one of the most technical of the services – having to ration water. I am trying to picture some poor guy all soaped up and the water stops.
As a Mariner (see: Ancient, The) once wrote: Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink.”
Don’t go there, it’s not pretty–walking down the passageway with suds in the hair and a soapy towel covered airframe slipping in and out of the shower clogs trying to step over the knee knockers whilst cursing the engineering officer. And hoping the stopper in the room sink held enough water to begin a cleanup.
Takin’ a shower at home until the hot water ran out was sooo wunnerful after gettin’ off the bgb.
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